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When I started working for the Amish Heartland about this time last year, I overheard one of my co-workers talking about a women's slow-pitch softball league she played in. Being a pretty athletic person and softball being my all time favorite sport, I was intrigued. It turns out the team was looking for some extra girls to help them finish out the season and I couldn't be more happy to break out my glove once again.
When I arrived at my first game at Kidron park, I was surprised to see many teams were composed mostly of Amish women. I had never played with the Amish before, so I was very excited to take them on and boy was it a challenge.
That summer was the most fun I had had playing softball in quite some time. It was a fun recreational league with just enough competition to make the games very exciting. I was also very surprised to see Amish women playing in a league with English women.
In this issue of Amish Heartland, I learned how the Amish and English are able to play in the same leagues with each other. I spoke with a former softball coach, who decided to join the Amish faith in his adult years, about some of the reasons this is so. I also found it refreshing that the Amish do not get wrapped up in the competitiveness of the game and just enjoy playing whatever sport they are participating in.
This year I am once again playing in the Kidron softball league and I am once again reminded of how much I love the sport.
Also in this issue, my co-worker and I had the opportunity to indulge in another lunch outing. Lunch reviews make for the best stories as you can sample some of the restaurants finest dishes while learning more about the place. We traveled to Brick Towne Tavern in Sugarcreek and were pleasantly surprised to find a place like this in Amish Country.
Have you ever seen a statue of the most intricate turkey be used as a liquor bottle or even a model of an International Harvester tractor. If you're into history, you might want to consider stopping in to Collectors, Decanters and Steins in downtown Sugarcreek. The largest collection around, Collectors has the most unique and rare containers that were used to sell liquor during a time of surplus in our country.
Also in this issue, if you are planning a big RV trip and looking for a peaceful place to get away from it all, check out Scenic Hills RV Park. Located just east of the town of Berlin and just west of Walnut Creek, it is cleverly located in the heart of it all, yet amazingly secluded and peaceful.